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Set aside the notion of climate change. The climate has always changed. The real story is about speed. The pace of change. From rain bombs to higher sea levels, the impacts are coming faster. Wednesday's deluge in Charleston was yet another reminder how this affects our community in many ways.

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The new coronavirus hit South Carolina like a hurricane this week, with cases rising at an exponential rate and state and public officials scrambling to find ways to contain an outbreak that had devastated so many other places far away. Amid the shift, we followed four people as they struggled adapt and to understand what was happening. 

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South Carolina has had a parade of sheriffs caught up in scandals in recent years. A Post and Courier investigation earlier this year found more misconduct. Published in March, “Above the Law,” showed that one in four of South Carolina's 46 counties in the past decade had seen their sheriffs accused of breaking laws they swore to uphold. By the end of 2019, three more sheriffs had been indicted and removed from office.

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Vera officials chose Lee Correctional because it has a large percentage of young offenders serving long sentences. A similar pilot program has been in place for two years at Turbeville Correctional Institution, home to the state's youthful offender program, where inmates usually serve three years or less.

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The Santee Delta is one of South Carolina's most beautiful, isolated and historically important places. Yet it faces new threats amid rising seas and rain bombs. Political intrigue and power lines could change this place forever. Our Secret Delta takes a deep dive into this special place, exploring its history and characters, as well as things to see and do.


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